Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Maddie's ONE year!

Finally! Maddie's ONE year post! 

Baby girl,

           I know I have said this a million times over but I still can't believe you are one. This past year has flown by and it has been amazing. You fit right into our family and all the chaos that goes into our everyday lives. You are such a laid back, precious little light of life and I don't know what we did to deserve to call you ours. I am so blessed to be your mom and you remind me of that each and every single day. You are so outgoing and so go with the flow. I think you are a great mix of me, your daddy and your siblings. I love you to the moon and back sweet girl. Cant wait to see what this next year brings us;)

  • You wear a size 5 Diaper
  • You weigh 28 lbs and 4 oz
  • You are 32 inches and 1/4 long! 
  • You wear mostly 24 month clothing. I can squeeze you into some 18 month old clothing!
  • You have four teeth up top. 2 of those are still trying to break thru and two on bottom.
  • We aren't completely off the bottle yet. You still get a nighttime bottle.
  • You nap twice a day. Once in the morning for 15-30 minutes and in the afternoon for about 1.5 to 2 hours. 
  • You don't handle teething very well. You've always been a great sleeper until you started teething. You wake once a night but will go straight back to sleep after mommy rocks you. You go to bed around 7:30 and wake at 6:30 or 7:30. And you will give me a full night of sleep every now and then.
  • You aren't just walking.. you are running. You put your arms behind you and put your head forward and take off! Its hilarious! We call you our little goat! The doctor was very impressed at how good of a walker you are. You have such great balance. I think Jocelynn falls more than you do!
  • You are starting to get some interest in bows! FINALLY! You take them off but you bring them to me and want them back in and repeat. 
  • You are such a little dancer! You can shake your booty better than your momma! I love watching  you dance!
  • You can say dada, momma, bubba, sissy, dog, ball, baba, nono, bye-bye!
  • You blow kisses. You are actually starting to give kisses too which makes me very happy!
  • You might be sweet but you have a very mean side. You love hitting. And if they person says "oww" that just makes it more fun to you because you laugh and continue to hit. We are trying to put a stop at this but it is funny watching you my sweet little girl beat up your older siblings!
  • I would say your favorite toy is a ball. You love a ball. It is like the best toy ever to you. You will throw it and roll it and scream when you run after it. It is precious.
  • You love the Bubble Guppies (you didn't have much of a choice). You love watching tv while eating your snack and you'll dance to all of the songs.
  • You love shoes! Your siblings never liked them but I can put any pair on you and off you go! Maybe you'll actually wear pretty shoes because Jocelynn doesn't.. she's a tennis shoe kind of gal.
  • You have a lovey. Its a huge blanket… and I do mean huge. But you love it and can't sleep without it. That and you have a small stuffed monkey you love to cuddle at night.
  • You love a juice cup! You are so much better at sippy cups than Joc and JP were. You are able to figure any cup out and you can even suck out of a straw!

Happy ONE year my baby girl!! Im so glad to call you mine! You will always make me happy and light up my days!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This Past Week- iPhone Photo Edition

It never seems to amaze me how quickly I lose track of time. So much happens in so little time and I forget/ don't have time to post about everything. I have been so tired too but I love blogging and want to get back in routine of it once we get back in routine. By that I mean, Once all of these teeth finish cutting through and momma gets some sleep so I am able to post! So for now we will settle on the "lets catch up on everything all at once" posts, okay?

I know I have mentioned before that Madelynn is a terrific and happy baby, but y'all she is seriously the best child. You can't help but smile when you are around her. She is so full of life right now and I am loving every single part of it. I love this age she is at because she is learning so many things so fast. I remember how much the twins changed between the months 12-15 and its amazing. I can't wait to see what type of little person she is in the next few months and the little girl she is becoming. I hope she is always this full of life and it is never taken away from her. Something we could all learn from babies is how to live happily. 

My friend, Michelle, made her the cutest birthday shirts! She wore this one on her actual birthday day and has another addable one I am going to put her in for her one year check up! Yes, I still haven't taken her just yet! Go check out Michelle's awesome creations at Pippis Treasures!

Since my parents don't live near us, we try and face time as much as possible. Maddie is obsessed with holding it when we do Face Time and takes it from me. Just a few nights ago we were face timing and afterwards Maddie grabbed the iPad and kept kissing "hhmmoo" and "pop-pop"! Sweetest thing ever!

 I posted this picture on IG the other night. This says it all. Life is crazy, a blur at sometimes but never a dull moment. And oh how I love this man so much. He is amazing. He is everything I have ever asked for in a man. A hard worker, a wonderful caring and involved father, and a great husband. I thank God every night for bringing us together and giving us this family we are so blessed to have.

Saturday we went to a birthday party at the Zoo! It was so much fun and when we left the twins cried and screamed to see "more aminals"! I love that they love animals so much and that they are intrigued by everything they see. The last time I took the to a Zoo they were terrified of the "big" animals. The lions, tigers and a few more. This time? Not so much. They loved them all and would've sat at each exhibit for an hour if we let them. 

I have had a few rough days around here with the kids. Just a lot of whining, fussiness and fighting. You know, just being two. Its hard. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing something wrong because they've never been this fussy for this long. I play with them, I love on them and I try and give them one on one attention. I know they are teething and I know its hard to take in everything that happens in a day for their little minds but I can't help but let it hurt my feelings. I love them so much and hate getting aggravated at the constant fighting and whining. I have to remember that they just don't understand everything yet. Especially how to share. And honestly I don't know many adults who are good at sharing, so I guess this is something we all learn throughout our lifetimes. Jocelynn and JP are fighting a lot lately. We have two of everything but they want what the other one has, of course. We are working on this and until then I will just have to try harder. Jocelynn isn't napping right now either which makes things even harder on getting my chores done. I do laundry and the dishes when they nap and try to do a blog post but that hasn't been happening at all. Because if she is going to be up, I am going to play with her and spend time with her. I love spending time with her but I hate the mess at night. She is getting another 2 year old molar in and she doesn't handle the molars well at all. I hope they break through soon! Maddie is teething too and its causing her to have a rough time falling asleep at night. After a rough day yesterday I can't tell you how badly I needed some sweet sleepy cuddles from her. I rocked her and kissed all over her until she fell asleep in my arms. Its funny how exhausting being a mom can be but when we get the chance to care for them even more, we do. Instead of being mad about sleep, we are grateful for just a few more minutes that night with them because we all know how fast it goes by. That made my night.

With rough days comes new things to do. I decided to bake cookies and let the kids decorate them for a fun experience. They had so much fun. I think it helps their independence letting them do things like this. I taped wax paper down to the table and let them go to town!

I love all of my babies so much! So thankful to have such a wonderful family. Cant wait for this weekend for some egg hunting!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

You are My Sunshine First Birthday Party-Part 2

Part Two of the party! I know I mentioned to y'all how beautiful the weather was.. but it was absolutely gorgeous that day. It rained on Friday and Sunday but it was so pretty for her party and I am so glad! My luck is never that good. I am so glad we didn't have to do it inside because kids tend to get a little stir crazy. 

We had a small bouncy house we ordered from Amazon that was perfect! It wasn't "intimidating" for my little shorties and they got right in and played with all the other kids! It has a ball pit attached to the side of it and that made it that much more fun! I also had a huge piece of plywood that I painted with chalkboard paint. We sat that board on top of a few cement blocks so the kids would enjoy coloring or writing Madelynn a special note! 

Jocelynn and JP helped Maddie open her birthday presents. They thought everything was for them but sweet Maddie didn't care. She opened one present and she was good. She wanted to play with just that one toy the rest of the day. My dad bought her a water table which I have been wanting to get FOREVER and it was a hit. Matt opened it up, put it together and filled it with water and all of the kids played there for more than 30 minutes. That thing is heaven sent.

Whats an outside party without bubbles? My BIL brought bubbles for all the kids and it was so smart because they all played with them the whole time! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks Mark!

 After the presents we went straight for the cake! I sat Maddie in her high chair and she just looked at everyone like "why are you staring at me"? We started singing the Happy Birthday song and my sweet girl started dancing. I then put the cake in front of her. It took her a minute but she finally started to dig in. I won't lie.. I really wanted her to stick her whole face in it but she stayed more clean eating her smash cake than she does eating dinner. I think she might have had stage fright!

Jocelynn loves babies and she is such a little mommy too. Here she is holding her cousin Joee-Kate and kissing on her!

 I'm so glad my parents were able to come! I know they wouldn't have missed her birthday for anything! Maddie sure does love them and I know they love her too! She is such a blessing that surprised us all!

Here's the birthday girl with her aunt Jill! Oh how we love our Aunt Jill and don't know what we would do without her! 

Madelynn and Joee-Kate

It was a perfect day for a perfect little girl! I'm glad we got a lot of pictures but somehow me and Matt didn't get a picture with our baby girl! I hate that but I know she knows we love her and she will look back at this one day and feel the love. And yes, I'm still celebrating her birthday because around here you get at least a month to celebrate all occasions!

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